What Is The Ultimate Spiritual Necessity?

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I'm watching Jumping the Broom on a lazy Sunday afternoon as I put off doing laundry. I'm also trying to plan out my month. And as the fabulous Loretta Devine is arguing over the cultural necessity of jumping the broom, and I'm planning out my spiritual activities, I'm wondering what would the spiritual or cultural necessities be for Pagans?In the concentration camps some Jews would risk their lives by hoarding just a little food during the week so they could have a Sabbath feast. Even … [Read more...]

Beltaine: Marriage-Minded Muddle

Beltaine is the marriage of the Lord and Lady for many of us. I could express all the rich symbolism of union and creation of this time of year purely in song lyrics and poetry. We celebrate this conception and ripening into Parenthood, and continuation of the species, and continuity and familial joy with great mirth. Which can seem a bit odd considering how little support our communities provide for those Pagans who seek this out for themselves.Single Pagans have a confusing set of … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Raising Up Strong Heathen Children

I do think it is a parent's responsibility to teach their child about their religion. I think the idea that a parent will not share their religion with their child and will instead “let them figure it out on their own” is somewhat harmful. Children need to be taught spiritual beliefs in the same way they are taught how to behave in public.If you do not teach your children about spirituality, the Gods, their Ancestors, and the way to live their lives in relation to the divine – then so … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Heathenry and Abortion

Also see Galina Krasskova's and Star Foster's posts on abortion.Through the years I have been asked, especially by people outside of my religion, what stance if any that the heathen religion had on the issue of abortion. Unlike other religions (such as Christianity), there is nothing that specifically prohibits abortion within our religious worldview.Ancient Heathens took a practical, not a religious, worldview as it applied to pregnancy and children. Two things were considered in the fate … [Read more...]

America’s Nature Religion for Children

Long before I encountered Thoreau, Whitman or even Teddy Roosevelt, I discovered America's nature religion tradition in a children's book.I think I was 11 and my family was in a big toy store. My brother was all excited about some video game or action figure and we had been in the store awhile. I was getting bored and irritated. I was not a fan of shopping even then. In the store we came across this long bin of books on sale. It's was something like 2 for $5. My father told me I could pick out … [Read more...]

The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells is an absolutely charming film about the Book of Kells, Pangur Ban and the strange mythic interactions between Pagan and Christian Ireland.The story centers on Brendan, the nephew of the abbot of the monastery of Kells, who helps Aiden, the illuminator from Iona, work on the Book of Kells. In the process he is helped by the famous Pangur Ban and a mysterious forest girl named Ashley. It's a children's movie and the themes are fairly simple and also very Pagan.Religion … [Read more...]


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